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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Gordon Burns and
Ranvir Singh. - Annabel Tiffin. Our top story: Blown out - the region's
hit by the tail end of a tropical storm, with warnings of more to
come. A Cumbrian maternity being
investigated over the deaths of babies is told, "Improve quickly or
you could be closed down." I expected to going to that hospital
and bring my son home. I trusted them.
Another hospital in trouble - Stepping Hill in Stockport. Police
investigating deaths there find milk contaminated by bleach.
And we go in search of the lost tribe of Lancashire in the brand
new village no-one can find. can forget postcodes. It would be
easier to find some of the lost Also, if you're a pub quiz fan,
we've got a challenge for you. We're going to take a look at
what's thought to be one of the world's toughest general knowledge
quizzes. Just to give you a taste of what's to come, see if you can
work this one out. Here goes. What tale begins "A week has passed
since the funeral of my poor boy Harry"? We'll give you the answer
later, unless you get it first, of course.
First, though, we got a bit of a battering earlier today, and we
might be in for another one tonight. High winds, the remnants of a
tropical storm. We will have the latest forecast
shortly. First, let us join Dave in Blackpool.
It is still quite blustery but, because the tide is now Loat, the
scene is not quite as dramatic as it was earlier on. It was so bad
here today that they had to cancel a major sporting event. More about
that in a moment, but first let's take a look at how the winds
affected the region today. This car in Liverpool was among the
casualties. A tree came crashing down on to it this morning. Luckily
no-one was hurt. Throughout the day, the region's coastline has been
battered by the remnants of Hurricane Katia. Ferry sailings to
and from the Isle of Man were cancelled throughout the day. On
the roads, drivers were urged to exercise caution and speed
restrictions were imposed on many motorways. More problems are
expected tonight. It will be exposed roots that will be most
badly affect -- affected. Two-flailed travellers experienced
problems of the run. The second stage of the tour of Britain was
cancelled. Competitors had to satisfy themselves with a lap of
honour around Kendal when the organisers decided it was not safe
enough for them to travel to the planned route in Blackpool. It is a
shame but it is better to be safe than sorry. It is really bad
conditions here. He run Blackpool it is easy to see why they had to
postpone that race. It is difficult to keep up right on two legs, never
mind two wheels. The peer has been closed for obvious reasons. Would
you fancier ride on the big wheel today?
Airport remained for open for business. It is when you have
crosswind so that there is a problem. Luckily, we do not have
those today. Country parks have been closed with
fears of fallen trees posing a danger to walkers.
Of course, many people will be nervously watching the weather to
see whether Hurricane Katia has done her worst. The hope is that
the winds will subside over night. Let's find out how it is going to
The winds actually reached their peak of the last couple of hours.
There were gusts of over 60 mph in Cumbria. We have by yellow all out
for strong winds issued by the Met Office, but the wellies down
overnight. -- they will ease down over light. A Cumbrian maternity
unit at the centre of a major investigation into the deaths of
babies has been ordered to improve The NHS watchdog, the Care Quality
Commission has issued a rare warning notice to the unit at the
Furness General Hospital. The news came on the day that a mother whose
baby died after she received treatment at the hospital welcomed
the police investigation. Lisa Brady's son, Alex, is one of the
cases that are being re-examined. Peter Marshall reports. Lisa Brady
has treasured memories of her son, Alex. She will never forget him and
will never forget the pain of losing him. I have lived a
nightmare. I expected to going to that hospital and bring my son warm.
I trusted them, I thought I was in a safe place. It ripped my heart
out. Alex was stillborn at Furness General Hospital in September 2008.
The hospital has admitted failings in the way he was monitored. It
happened just a few weeks before another child died. His death
sparked an investigation which is now believed to be looking into how
four babies and two mothers died. It is suggested... It follows
claims that a high percentage of serious untoward cases at the unit
involved mothers from ethnic minorities. Cumbria police do say
that, at this early stage, it is impossible to rule anything out of
the inquiry. The investigation has been welcomed by this man, whose
wife and baby son died at the hospital in 2,000 abate. I had been
saying that there were serious issues there for over three years.
I feel vindicated that I was right. The barrel when p met today with
hospital staff. -- the Barrow MP. was very clear with managers that
their needs to be proper investment to sort out what are still in some
respects serious shortcomings. The Care Quality Commission tonight
issued a rare warning met it -- not his, setting a deadline for
improvements. The hospital says it is co-operating fully with the
police inquiry. Police say a body found in the
River Mersey near Birkenhead is that of 21-year-old Robbie Crofts.
He had been missing since the body of his teenage girlfriend, Hayley
Holmes, was found at New Brighton two weeks ago. Post mortems have
shown that the couple both drowned. An inquest into the deaths will be
opened later this week. A man who was hit by a bus as he
chased a robber in Manchester city centre has died. Police say 21
year-old David Mark Schofield had his mobile phone stolen and was
chasing a cyclist down Oxford Road in Manchester. Officers are
appealing for two women who saw the collision happen to come forward.
They are also asking for the man who stole the phone to give himself
up. That man can bring resolution to David's family. I ask him to
surrender himself for the theft - and not murder or manslaughter. He
has the key to bringing comfort to a family in difficult circumstances.
Police investigating deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport
say there has been another incident of tampering after a bottle of milk
was contaminated with bleach. Earlier today officers looking into
the deliberate poisoning of saline drips ruled out the deaths of six
patients from that investigation. Stuart Pollitt reports.
A new reason for security to stay tight at Stepping Hill hospital. On
Saturday evening staff told police they had found a bottle of milk
apparently contaminated with bleach. A small amount had been drunk by a
patient. Thankfully, no-one has been harmed in this latest incident
but police have stressed that, at this stage, there is nothing to
link what happened over the weekend with the ongoing inquiry. That
inquiry, into the deliberate poising of saline drips with
insulin, was launched on 15th July. At its height, 60 officers were
working on the case. A week later police discharged nurse Rebecca
Leighton, but on September 2nd the case against her was discontinued
because of a lack of evidence. Rebecca Leighton said her life had
been made a living hell. Today police ruled out six deaths from
their inquiry. They said three people - Tracey Arden, Alfred
Weaver and Arnold Lancaster - did receive the contaminated Saleem,
but it will take several weeks to establish exactly what caused their
deaths, all of which has shaken some people's faith in the hospital
and the police. I would not particularly like to go to this
hospital at the moment. I know they have security but you do not know
what is going to happen. I do not think they are going to catch them.
My aunt is 94 and has broken her neck. She recently came out of
Stepping Hill and said she would be very worried about going in in the
future. Two months after the original investigation was launched,
there are lots of questions but precious few answers surrounding
this hospital. Stuart Pollitt, BBC North West Tonight, Stockport.
The former Chief Constable of Merseyside Police has been given
the top job in British policing. Bernard Hogan Howe is now the
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. He was tipped as the
Government's preferred choice for the job when the Home Office
brought him to Scotland Yard in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
The parents of a young woman who disappeared from a cruise ship she
was working on met a Government minister earlier to ask for a
change in the law. Rebecca Coriam from Chester disappeared six months
ago while working on the Disney Wonder. Her parents want British
authorities to be allowed to investigate. We have just got to
carry on, haven't we? We want to find out answers. That is what we
need because we do not know what has happened to Rebecca. We just
get by day to day, and hopefully we will hear something.
The Chief Minister on the Isle of Man has told the BBC that the UK
Government almost ended a historic deal in which it shares VAT with
the island. A general election will be held there in just over a
fortnight. Many voters are angry that the Isle of Man's share of the
total has been reduced by more than a third. But the outgoing Chief
Minister says it could have been worse. The United Kingdom could
have pushed even further, they could have taken the view that, in
fact, having such an agreement was not in the best interests of the
United Kingdom. The Isle of Man believes that having a customs
agreement is in the best interests of us bought. -- both of us.
There is a special programme on the Isle of Man general election which
is available on the BBC iPlayer. In fact, it was on last night. I
watched it. You won't find it in the history
books, you might not find it on a map. I wouldn't chance a sat nav.
But Buckshaw Village is out there - for residents, a kind of Bermuda
Triangle of the North West. Many moved to the new build new town for
the promised fabulous amenities. But a few years in and they are
still waiting. Some say they feel disconnected from the real world.
Here is Jayne Barrett. Domesday Book? Forget it. Maps? Not unless
they are brand new. Look for the Wicker Man, I'm told. He will guide
you. After that, you're on your own. We're lost. Can you tell us the way
to the community centre? Yes, right. You need to... I was last here
eight years ago when Buckshaw Village was a dream on the edge of
reality. I am back to hear how reality isn't quite all it should
be. You can forget postcodes. They do not apply. It would be easier to
find that some of the lost tribes of the Amazon. It is a little bit
like you are in limbo. Some people get text messages - we do not get
any in Buckshaw Village. The new school isn't big enough. Quality
might live here but not the promised doctor's surgery or the
train station. There are councils, Councillor, development companies
and one local residents' Association. Thank goodness for it.
You have two borough councils to approach because they are not sure
of what side of the boundary it falls on. Our town is going to be a
good place to work in. New Town experiments never seemed to get it
right. It's a bit like driving round a film set, so new it's not
real. But does that make its soulless? Absolute poppycock. There
are lots of village that have been around here for centuries and they
do not half -- they do not have half of the community spirit that
we have. If we will keep pushing it forward. They may have their
problems, but a community spirit that will overturn them, eventually.
Jayne Barrett, BBC North West Tonight, Buckshaw Village. It's
been, as we've been saying, a wild and windy day.
But you won't hear any complaints from Peel Energy. They run the
region's biggest wind farm on the Lancashire moors near Edenfield.
It's been so successful, according to Peel Energy, that they now want
to double the number of turbines on the site. But, as Stuart Flinders
reports, there's some opposition. Strangely beautiful, or downright
ugly - the Scoutmoor wind farm has divided those who live nearby since
2008. Longer, in fact. Here is David Bellamy protesting against
the development before it was built. In three off-form ideas' time this
site could more than double and size. -- double in size. Now it is
one of 13 wind farms in the North West. Nine more are planned. Peel
Energy want to fill the gap on the hillside near the existing turbines
with at least another 26. If we expand as we intend we could be
supplying all of the electricity for Rochdale. Nearby Edenfield
remains divided. I like them because they're good for the
environment. It would be good if you could make something prettier.
A decision on whether the site can be expanded will be made by
planning professionals in Bristol, The Infrastructure Planning
Committee, not the local council. It is far easier if we can make
those decisions locally. We are closer to the community and their
concerns. Decisions are made elsewhere, unfortunately. The new
turbines could be operating in three years' time. Stuart Flinders,
BBC North West Tnight, Lancashire. It's time for sport now, and the
football's in full swing, but it's a different title race we start
with tonight, Tony. Yes, Gordon, after 77 years of hurt
Lancashire's cricketers have these next four days to put that right.
They need to beat Somerset at Taunton to have a chance of winning
their first outright County Championship since 1934. They made
a great start this morning, but it's tailed off a little bit. They
had their hosts struggling on 20 for 2 early on but Somerset have
rallied. They've ended day one on 314 for 5 in their first innings,
James Hildreth's hundred holding up Lancs. Main title rivals
Warwickshire have had a much better day against Hampshire. They'll
resume at Edgbaston tomorrow on 296 for 3 in their first innings. They
started this last round of games three points ahead of Lancs in the
table. Football now and Bolton Wanderers
captain Kevin Davies says he's been in contact with Manchester United's
Tom Cleverley after this challenge caused ankle ligament damage that
will keep the England midfielder out for a month. Sir Alex Ferguson
critcised Davies after the match, but the Wanderers skipper says he
certainly didn't intend any harm. The whole atmosphere of the law
kiss Daddy. That was not yet, as you could see from my frantic
signals! -- that was not it. Well, United ran out 5-0 winners in that
game, of course, but Morecambe went one better at the weekend. With the
rest of the best of the Football league action and a kick in the
teeth - literally - for Blackburn Rovers, here's The Score.
A point for Blackburn Rovers avoided the worst ever start to a
season. One player needed four stitches to a head wound after this
Bobby Zamora equalised. Football League performance was at Morecambe.
A hat-trick from Danny Carlton was the highlight. I feel a little
tired but I will be all right when I get a few mates around and get to
the bar. It is important to keep our feet on the ground. It is early
days. The Rochdale boss got his first win
of the season. David Ball made it four. They lost Adams to a second
yellow. Blackburn -- Blackpool beat Ipswich
2-0. Barry Ferguson made his first goal for the Seasiders.
The Super League dream team was named today, with more than half
the players coming from sides in the North West. No surprise that
Wigan Warriors star Sam Tomkins was selected along with his Warriors
team mates George Carmont and Sean O'Loughlin. The Warrington Wolves,
who kick off the play-offs on Friday against Huddersfield, also
have a trio of players in the thirteen - Gareth Carvell, Ben
Westwood and Joel Monaghan. And there are a couple of Saints. James
Roby and James Graham. Two of the top men were speaking today ahead
of that mouth-watering clash between Saints and Wigan at the DW
on Sunday. A specially with it being at PW, it has all the makings
of a special game. They probably feel like the hour as one but we're
not going to let that happen. The Commonwealth Youth Games drew
to a close last night after the biggest weekend of competition the
Isle of Man has seen. The host nation claimed two silvers and a
bronze, and also featured in their first international rugby
tournament. Sarah Mulkerrins was there to take in the action.
It was pedal-powered, not petrol power, on the TT course this
weekend. The riders faced some wet and windy conditions. The best
rider from the Isle of Man finished in 13th. It was a big headwind it
The host nation did well to finish six than the rugby. It is great for
the Isle of Man to be competing at international level in any event.
These guys are full internationals. You did not have to look further
than the track for the future stars. One runner taking part is already
set on taking part in the Olympics next year. We shall do better at
the Olympics. Undoubtedly the local start of
these games has been one of the swimmers. In a year when he has
suffered a broken arm, glandular fever and a broken hand, so when
two silvers and a bronze is unbelievable. Up it has been great
to get in and get back to what it is all about - a racing and
qualifying. I am looking forward to getting the winter Rover and going
to the London trials in March. -- You would like to think it is over
but I am afraid it is not. We still have a yellow on alert for a strong
winds. They could gust up to 70 mph. They will gradually start he's darn
through the night. -- start to ease down. The winds are very strong and
potentially damaging but the weather looks OK. It will be mostly
dry tonight. There may be one or two showers on the Cumbrian coast.
Most places are dry and actually fairly clear. Overnight
temperatures may be around 12 Celsius. The wind increases
tomorrow through the afternoon. There will still be a yellow alert
for winds through the day tomorrow. Mainly that is for parts of
Lancashire and Cumbria. There will be patchy cloud and occasional
showers. The showers come quickly with the strength of the wind
behind them. Away from that there are reasonable spells of sunshine.
The wind is not coming from a cold direction. Temperatures should be
around 17 Celsius. The wind will not be a feature later in the week.
The wind will be light. It will be fairly cloudy. It will be a quiet
spell heading towards Friday. It looks very unsettled through
Saturday and Sunday. You just spoiled it at the end
How are you with general knowledge questions and quizzes? A general
knowledge test taken at an Isle of Man school has become the subject
of a new book called The World's Most Difficult Quiz. School
students have been sitting the tests since the early 20th century
and it has been a popular Christmas It includes some of the toughest
questions ever seen. Kelly Foran has been finding out more. Which
European language is of origin unknown, even to the experts?
call it the world's most difficult quiz, and when we tried it out with
the regular pub quiz goers, they agreed.
It is a lot harder than the quiz I do. Impossible. It all started at
King William's College in 1905, taken every year as an unseen paper,
leaving most students stumped. One of them was Pat Cullen. He now
writes the questions. It was done in exam conditions. The papers were
handed round and you just had to look at it and do as many answers
as you could. Over 5,000 of the most cryptic ones have been
published. The quiz may have been going for over 100 years and these
general knowledge eggheads agree that it's not getting any easier. A
score of 20% in this exam was considered excellent. I do not
think anybody would find it easy. If you did not know the answer to
did question at the beginning, it is Busk. They call it the world's
most difficult quiz. The answer to the question we asked